1969 Chevrolet Camaro L89 Pace Car Convertible

This extremely rare 1969 Camaro is documented as one of only twelve Pace Car convertibles equipped with the rare L89 aluminum-head 396/375 horsepower engine. Its complete matching-numbers drivetrain that includes a 400 Turbo-Hydramatic and 3.07 rear axle ratio indicate that it is likely one of seven examples sent to the 1969 Indianapolis 500 for back-up pace car duty.

Now with 28,341 original miles, it has received a careful and thoroughly documented frame-off, nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration that preserved as much Read More

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera

This was the last Porsche racer you could collect at the factory and drive home

This Porsche, 904017, was one of 31 examples destined for American shores. Originally finished in silver with a blue velour interior, the 904 was sold to local Porsche dealer and successful racer Don Wester of Monterey, CA. It was fitted with an air deflector and painted with a central stripe in yellow and black, Wester’s racing colors.

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1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta

The car had been undergoing Classiche certification, but the process was not complete at the time of the auction

The Ferrari 166 MM is the definitive 1950s sports car configuration, with its smooth envelope body, long flowing hood and short tail. Named for the Mille Miglia race, it was created by Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, and compared to the 125S, from which it was developed, the Barchetta (“little boat”) is a masterpiece of simple style. Read More

1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic

This car is a stunning styling statement, a jet-age objet d’art very much of its time that has also proven timeless

One of Ghia’s most famous designs, the Supersonic was not merely a brilliant fashion statement; it was, in many ways, the result of economic necessity. The two-seat sports car featured stylized, streamlined forms, subtle tail fins, a delicate use of brightwork and a taut, swept-back roofline.

During the fall of 1953, Luigi Serge traveled to Detroit to Read More

1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 Roadster Race Car

This month’s column is a tale with both tragic and cautionary threads for those who play in the vintage racing car hobby

This Series 1 E-type roadster was purchased from its second owner in 2005 after being discovered in a garage where it had remained since the mid-1980s. The car was immediately sent to the restoration shop for what became a five-year, race-prepared restoration. This Jaguar is presented with a very high level of finish, Read More

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427 Coupe

This rare cat—the last Ford car equipped with the 427-ci engine—brought enough money to shake a few more of its kind onto the market

Coming off winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award in 1967 with the Cougar, Mercury designers wanted to create something in 1968 that would set the automotive world on its ear. The Cougar was already a step above the Mustang in styling and comfort, so designers decided to stuff the potent 427 FE Read More

A Well-Sorted MGB is a Great Start to Collecting

Much like Morgan fans remain to this day, the MG faithful of the 1950s were committed masochists. Fans of the T-Series cars were positively aghast when the envelope-bodied MGA replaced the TF.

When the inevitable wheel of progress hit Abingdon-on-Thames once again in 1962, the faithful were horrified to find that the new MGB came with roll-up glass side windows in place of fiddly, ill-fitting side curtains. Few would have predicted in 1962 that the car would be around Read More

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupes All Over the Arizona Map

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe, Lot 284 at RM Auctions Phoenix, sold for $544,500, including premium

A full-bore restoration project, an all-out bidder’s war and a nicely restored car blow the Gullwing market around like desert sand

Chassis number: 4500049
Engine number: 4500052

The prices for 300SL Gullwings were all over the map in Arizona this year, and the money paid for four very different cars ranged from $1,375,000 to $544,500, quite a gap even for Gullwings; the price paid for Read More

1966 Ford Lotus Cortina

The gulf between an assemblage of parts and a functioning, front-rank racer is immense and can be very expensive to cross

Ford was looking to race the Mk I Cortina in the Group 2 category, for which 1,000 “homologation specials” would be required. The obvious powerplant was the twin-cam version of the ubiquitous Ford “Kent” engine that Lotus genius Colin Chapman had already developed for use in the Elan. A deal was struck, and the Lotus Cortina (or Read More

1913 Adler 1.3-Liter Kleinwagen

Provided you can acclimate yourself to the leisurely pace of this type of very small, very old car, the motoring can be delightful

Frankfurt-based Adler was a bicycle manufacturer in the nineteenth century, turning later to the production of motorcycles, cars and the typewriters with which the Adler name is most commonly associated today. A highly respected firm in its native Germany, Adler was already manufacturing automobile components for others when it introduced its first motor car—a Renault-influenced, Read More